Police officers escort Andrew Tate to the Directorate of Investigation into Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), where prosecutors are examining electronic equipment confiscated from his home (AP)
Andrew Tate has complained to his supporters about the prison conditions he is facing while in detention in Romania on alleged charges of human trafficking and rape.
The self-described misogynistic influencer was trying to speak to reporters when he was pulled from a police van outside his office, where prosecutors were combing his computers and phones, which were confiscated during a raid on his home.
When asked if his career was over now that he was being handcuffed to the Directorate of Investigation into Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), he replied: “Absolutely not. This case file is empty. Naturally [I am innocent] we did nothing wrong, they know we did nothing wrong. The case file is completely empty.”
“There is no justice in Romania,” he barks as he is dragged into the building out of sight.
Police officers escort Andrew Tate outside the Directorate of Investigation into Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), where prosecutors (AP)
His comments came the day after the Luton-born former kickboxer complained online about his treatment by Romanian authorities.
He emailed his subscribers from behind bars and said: “You’re trying to break me.
“Thrown into a cell with no light.
“Roaches, lice and bed bugs are my only friends at night.
“When the guards take me to and from the courtroom, I remain absolutely respectful. They’re trying to pour hate into my heart.”
He added: “My jailers are just doing their jobs, they have families to support.
“My absolute respect for everyone around me is my act of absolute rebellion. You can’t break me My guards know I’m innocent. You know it’s unfair.”
The kickboxer-turned-far-right influencer was arrested on December 29 on suspicion of membership in an organized crime group, human trafficking and rape.
The Tate brothers used the “loverboy” method to seduce female victims while pretending to want a relationship or marriage, according to prosecutors.
The victims were then taken to properties on the outskirts of the capital, Bucharest, and sexually exploited through physical violence and mental intimidation, forcing them to produce pornographic content for social media sites that generated large financial gains, prosecutors said.
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Tristan Tate and two women were also arrested, but all four deny the allegations. They could now be in detention until February 27. According to Romanian law, they can be held without charge for a maximum of 180 days.
The police moved into his villa on the outskirts of Bucharest at the end of December. A Twitter feud ensued between Andrew Tate and climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Tate posted video of him being seen with boxes of pizza from a local takeaway, and rumors circulated that this had passed his whereabouts to authorities – although police have denied this.